It looks like Industry Minister Jim Prentice has yet another group that will be unhappy with his forthcoming copyright bill – the Library of Parliament. Macleans Kady O'Malley live-blogged a committee hearing today (short summary here) during which a fight over copyright broke out. The Library called for a special fair dealing exemption for Parliamentarians. The issue created considerable debate with some support for raising the issue in a report back to the House of Commons or discussing the matter with the Speaker of the House. The prospect of Prentice providing the necessary access to his own colleagues while denying individual Canadians their fair dealing rights strikes me as unlikely, yet it highlights again why the government still desperately needs to consult more broadly on the bill.
Update: The Library of Parliament Committee minutes report that the Committee decided to hold a meeting on copyright and that "a friendly letter be drafted and sent to the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage for consideration prior to a bill being introduced in the House."